This is Sonu and I during a visit to Kudahiti Island in the Maldives in 1988. It was long before we opened Soneva Fushi, but at this point we had already started to think about opening a resort. During this holiday we met Areef, the GM of Kudahithi, and became very good friends. He eventually joined us at Soneva Fushi and is still working with us today, in Food & Beverage. He is semi-retired and only works in the high season. Areef is certainly the person that Sonu and I have known the longest in the Maldives.